Search for Dorner Scaled Back
Police will continue their search for Dorner in Big Bear early Saturday morning.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
The massive manhunt continues as law enforcement searches for an ex-LAPD officer suspected in three murders.
Christopher Dorner's burned-out pick-up was found in Big Bear Thursday.
The trail for suspected murderer Christopher Dorner grows as cold as the snow slowing search efforts near Big Bear.
Dorner is a suspect in the shooting deaths of two civilians, and an officer in Riverside.
Police continue to hunt for a man who once wore an LAPD badge, and served in the Navy.
The last substantial clue to Christopher Dorner's whereabouts was his burned-out, empty pickup near Big Bear.
"We've searched the entire area around the ski resort, our SWAT officers are up on that mountain looking for him. There's no information to suggest he's anywhere near the ski resort itself, and we've also searched all the houses door to door in this general area," said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.
The heavy snow grounded aerial search efforts, but San Bernardino County's Sheriff says that did not stop more than 100 officers from searching for signs of Dorner.
"We can see tracks in this kind of condition, the snow is great for tracking folks, as well as looking at each individual cabin to see if there's any signs of forced entry," said Sheriff McMahon.
Big Bear Lake's Mayor Jay Obernolte says residents are not panicking over the manhunt.
"We're very hearty residents in San Bernardino Valley. many are armed. my fear has actually been not that panic would ensue but more that someone would see something and take the law into their own hands," said Mayor Obernolte.
The sheriff says officers are covering an eight square mile area, and will continue throughout the weekend if needed.
"There's over 200 cabins that are up in those mountains that are abandoned or vacant, and we're checking those one by one," said McMahon.
But at the latest press conference, police are almost done with those cabins, and are coming down the mountain to resume the hunt in the Saturday morning.
"There's a possibility that he's still here, and the possibility exists that he did leave," said San Bernardino Sheriff's spokesperson, Cindy Bachman.
The San Bernardino Sheriff's says next update on search efforts will be Saturday at noon.